This function is the primary purpose of MyAlerts!
If you are unfortunate enough to suffer a medical emergency or accident. . . especially if you are unable to communicate your special needs effectively to first responders, MyAlerts! gives medical professionals access to those aspects of your medical history that are most important in ensuring that you receive the correct care.
Some aspects of Public Alerts are obviously important; underlying HEALTH CONDITIONS, notifiable MEDICATIONS, dangerous ALLERGIES, a rare BLOOD TYPE or CULTURAL considerations. There are also PHYSICAL IMPAIRMENTS that may not be immediately obvious to carers. . . or perhaps the card holder has a MENTAL HEALTH condition such as Dementia or Autism that could make communication difficult?
There is also a section set aside in your Public Alerts to show your VACCINATION STATUS!
underlying conditions. . .
Diabetes, Epilepsy, Asthma, Hypertension, COPD, Angina. . . the number of underlying health conditions, or 'co-morbidities', is almost endless, and each brings its own set of complications.
MyAlerts! is set-up to make it easy for the card holder to list their underlying health issues from drop-down selections, arranged in convenient sections including 'Gastro-intestinal', 'Circulatory' and 'Chronic conditions'.
drugs and medications. . .
All medicines have some side effects, which are usually mild or manageable. However, there are many common therapeutic drugs which, if administered in combination, can interact and cause further complications.
This is why it is so important that medical practitioners must be made aware of any existing medicines you are taking, including their dosage and frequency, before they administer treatment.
dangerous allergies. . .
Is an unconscious patient's presentation the result of a seizure, or could their lack of responsiveness be due to an insect sting?
Whilst an allergic reaction can be the cause of, or a contributor to, many symptoms. . . an awareness that these allergies exist can significantly benefit diagnosis and inform treatment options; knowing to avoiding certain antibiotics for example (especially those that are Penicillin based).
At their worst, allergens can supress respiration, cause tachycardia (rapid heartbeat) and result in shock or Anaphylaxis. This section allows you to make a note of your known allergies and information such as, for example, whether you carry an epi-pen.
physical impairments. . .
Is an observed one-sided weakness or paralysis related to the patient's current emergency, or a prior physical condition?
There are many physical conditions which, if a first responder or medical practioner were to be aware of them, could help to better formulate treatment and improve communication. . . as in the case of hearing loss.
mental health. . .
Knowing that a loved one with mental health issues is carrying a MyAlerts! card can be enormously comforting.
MyAlerts! provides a solution to the challenge of communicating with an elderly patient suffering from Dementia or Altzheimers, or youngsters on the Autism spectrum. It's also important for clinicians to know if a patient has been diagnosed with conditions such as Schizophrenia, Bi-Polar or Dissociative disorders, and what medications they may have been prescribed.
blood groups. . .
There are very specific ways in which blood types must be matched for a safe transfusion.
Listing your blood group in MyAlerts!, whether you have one of the most common groups A, B and O (Rhesus + or -), to the rarest; BB- or 'Rh null', can save critical time in the event of an accident or medical emergency.
Of course, in these pandemic times, your Public Alerts can show your current Covid 19 (SARS-CoV-2) vaccination status. . . how many shots of which vaccine you have received, and when.
There are, however, many other infectious agents you may have been vaccinated against. This is especially important to note when travelling abroad, in countries where such infections are more prevalent.
culture & religion
A unique aspect of MyAlerts! is that it allows you to make first responders or medical practitioners aware of any spiritual, cultural or religious values that may inform their treatment choices.
Most major world religions including Hinduism, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Sikhism, Christianity. . . and various denominational sects such as Jehovah's Witnesses and the Mormon Church hold such views.
a gift that keeps giving
Consider giving someone you love a 5 year MyAlerts! account and gain peace of mind for a penny a day, knowing that they will be treated right should an accident happen. Got to our REGISTRATION page for more details. . .